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first_imgzoom Antwerp-based tanker owner and operator Euronav has been linked to a sale of TI Topaz, a very large crude carrier (VLCC).Euronav allegedly entered into a sub-sale agreement with Greek-based company New Shipping on May 25, according to information provided by VesselsValue.Once the transaction is completed, the 319,400 dwt TI Topaz will be sold for USD 21 million.Built at South Korean Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard in 2002, the tanker features a length of 333 meters and a width of 60 meters.Market value of the 161,135 gross ton ship currently stands at USD 23.9 million.Following the sale of TI Topaz, Euronav’s fleet will comprise a total of 56 vessels, the company’s data shows.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) saw its net loss expand in the second quarter, mainly due to higher bunker costs and lower average freight rates.The company ended the second quarter of 2018 with a net loss of KRW 242.7 billion, compared to a net loss of KRW 175.7 billion seen in the previous quarter.Revenue was up by 11 percent to KRW 1.23 trillion from KRW 1.11 trillion reported a quarter earlier, attributed to HMM’s sales expansion efforts including launch of new Europe service (AEX) and deployment of its new 11,000 TEU vessel in South America Trade.Operating loss widened to KRW 199.8 billion, compared to a loss of KRW 170.1 billion, with the company’s container business recording a loss of KRW 175.7 billion.During the second quarter of the year, the company’s handled volume grew by 17.6 percent to 1.15 million TEU, compared to 981,199 TEU reported a quarter earlier.The load factor reached 79.1% in the quarter, up 3.5% compared to 75.6% witnessed in the first quarter of the year.HMM said it expects higher freight rates and load factor through the traditional peak season in the third quarter. The company plans to maximize its enterprise-wide efforts to improve its efficiency and bottom line through rationalizing service routes and pursuing economical speed to reduce bunker costs in order to overcome depressed shipping market.“HMM will do its utmost to attain competitiveness as one of the top global carriers by improving its cost structure and reducing operating costs through fleet expansion and securing terminal assets,” the company said.last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Contopia, Shipping Container Utopia by Loginno The winner of the Contopia Factor competition, led by Israeli shipping IoT startup Loginno, will be unveiled on June 4, 2019, during Nor-Shipping, one of the biggest events in the shipping industry taking place in Oslo, Norway.The selected company will have its entire shipping container fleet converted to smart containers, becoming the world’s first fully digital shipping company.Quite a few applicants have entered the six-month competition already, according to Loginno co-founder Amit Aflalo, who expects a fair sized two-digit number of them by end of February.“So far, applicants hail mostly from Europe and the Americas, with a surprisingly low participation rate by Asian companies. We estimate the continental ratio will stay the same and even increase, as European Nor-Shipping steps in,” he added.Related: Welcome to Container UtopiaLoginno will also lead a “Blue Economy” panel discussion at the event, on how IoT is changing the shipping industry for the better, with a focus on its global Contopia (Container Utopia) plan.Small to mid-sized shipping companies that wish to participate in compeition must do so before the end of February 2019, after which a shortlist of applicants will be selected, before the winner is chosen.Eligible companies interested in applying can do so here.last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay (Pixabay License) The shipping industry could see more slow steaming and transhipment being triggered as part of the IMO 2020 sulphur rule, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.“Shippers rightfully want more transparency regarding how the new fuel surcharge mechanisms will work, but they should be mindful of the potential risks to future service options, competition and rates if they don’t concede anything to carriers.”2020 is going to be a pivotal year for the carrier industry. Failure to recover more of the fuel cost from customers than in the past, estimated to be around 50%, could be ruinous for some lines, many of which are still operating with highly distressed balance sheets, Drewry explained.The consultancy added that there is a general acceptance among shippers that they will have to pay more towards the fuel cost burden, although there are still a number of sticking points regarding the mechanics of how it should be done.On the other side, carriers will argue that a short-term win for shippers could quickly turn into a loss. It is something that shippers might want to consider during negotiations as any cost saving today might raise the likelihood of another carrier bankruptcy, causing unwanted chaos in the supply chain.“The reality is that carriers’ fuel costs will start to differ to a considerable degree as the new fuels are pumped into their ships; the variance to be largely driven by the type of fuel used.”Depending on their success in raising the fuel recovery rate, carriers will inevitably seek to mitigate the anticipated higher operating expenses. One potential side-effect from the new regulations could be greater slow-steaming and use of transhipment.The logic being that as ships sailing speed is reduced and round voyages are extended carriers will drop ports from rotations to ensure that transit times to key points remain competitive, according to Drewry. Fewer direct port calls will induce greater need for transhipment and feeder operations.“The upside from this shift towards more transhipment from a ports and terminals perspective is that this will inflate the global port throughput sum as four container movements at the quayside will be required instead of two as with direct port-to-port calls.”last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotia’s children will be playing safer, thanks to newfunding for a program that provides helmets to families in need. Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion, announced today,Dec. 3, that $2,500 will be provided to the Queen Elizabeth II(QEII) Health Sciences Centre’s division of neurosurgery helmetprogram. The program is for families unable to afford helmets fortheir children. “Helmets are an important part of safe play for children andadults,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Wearing one can make the differencebetween arriving home safe and suffering serious injury.” The program was designed to provide helmets for wheeledactivities, such as cycling, roller-blading, and skateboarding. An overwhelming number of requests were received after the helmetprogram was launched last spring. Dr. David Clarke, one of the directors of the Neurosurgery Injury Prevention Program said nochild should be denied access to a helmet for financial reasons. “The large response received indicates that the public is veryaware of the importance of helmets and that parents want helmetsfor their children,” said Dr. Clarke. “We are pleased that thesupport of the Office of Health Promotion can help meet thesehelmet requests.” According to the Cochrane Review, helmets are essential inpreventing serious brain injury and societal costs. Properlyfitted and approved helmets reduce the risk of brain injury by55-85 per cent. The review is provided by the CochraneCollaboration, an international non-profit organization providinginformation about the effects of health care and healthpromotion. “The cost of one young severe traumatic brain injury or spinalcord injury is estimated to be between $7-10 million includingmedical, lifetime care and lost wages,” said Dr. Simon Walling,director of the Neurosurgery Injury Prevention Program. “Thisdoes not take into account the cost of the personal pain andsuffering of the patient and family.” The Neurosurgery Injury Prevention Program is a collaborative,provincial program that incorporates the Canadian ParaplegicAssociation’s Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Program and ThinkFirst Canada’s Injury Prevention Program. Free resources such asbrochures, safety checklists and curriculum programs forfamilies, coaches and teachers are available at www.thinkfirst.caor by contacting Lynne Fenerty, injury prevention co-ordinator,QEII division of neurosurgery, at 473-7895.last_img read more

first_imgNew legislation introduced today, April 30, would provide new pension opportunities for retired workers and those approaching retirement. The proposed amendments to the Pension Benefits Act would also help employers retain key staff who want to continue working. In January, the Pension Review Panel recommended that phased retirements be allowed. Under a phased retirement, an employee who is retired or is eligible to retire could continue working for the employer and paying into the pension plan while receiving pension payments. “At a time when worldwide economies are taking a toll on retirement investments, older workers would have an option that allows them to enjoy a more leisurely work life while continuing to build their retirement nest egg,” said Minister of Labour and Workforce Development Mark Parent. “This is an innovative way to meet the demands of the labour market and to address some of the demographic challenges ahead of us.” In 2007, the federal government made changes to income tax regulations to allow people to continue working, accumulate pension benefits and receive up to 60 per cent of their pensions. Previously, workers could not contribute to a pension plan while receiving benefits from the same plan. With an aging workforce and a declining population, there is growing concern that businesses will have difficulty replacing retired workers. Phased retirements would complement the elimination of mandatory retirement for most workers, which comes into effect July 1. At retirement age, some workers may want to stay employed. For example, workers whose careers began late in life or were interrupted, may want to continue working longer to maximize their pension plan contributions. Many employers may want to offer older workers an option to remain because their experience and knowledge is beneficial. At the same time, many employers would like to offer older workers an option to remain with the company longer because they are knowledgeable about their employer’s business, clients, products and services. “This is an option, not a requirement,” said Mr. Parent. “Under the proposed legislation, an employer would not be obligated to offer phased retirement to any or all staff; it would be a decision driven by business needs.” The government is also revising Pension Benefits Act regulations. Currently, pension plan administrators must return under-funded pension plans to full funding within five years. The amended regulation would temporarily extend this time limit to 10 years for plans that report an under-funding between Dec. 30, 2008 and Jan. 2, 2011. Pre-existing under-funding could be added to newly-identified shortfalls and allowed to recover over 10 years. The Pension Review Panel which was struck in 2007, delivered its final report this year. It made 30 recommendations to improve solvency, transparency and flexibility. The province continues to evaluate the report’s recommendations while looking at what other jurisdictions are doing and what is in the best interests of Nova Scotians.last_img read more

first_imgHIV and AIDS are still concerns in Nova Scotia, and new infections across Canada are increasing among women ages 15 to 29, especially young aboriginal women. This year, the 21st World AIDS Day will focus on understanding and responding to HIV and AIDS from a human rights perspective. The Nova Scotia campaign will focus on healthy sexuality and preventing HIV/AIDS among youth, particularly girls and young women. “While great strides have been made with prevention and treatment, we need to continually focus on prevention as a new generation of youth become sexually active,” said Larry Baxter, chairman of the Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS. “As well, people still have misinformation and misconceptions about HIV and AIDS.” The Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS and its partners have organized events to celebrate progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS and to raise awareness about the disease. AIDS Awareness Week begins today, Nov. 24, when Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health, will help launch the week by raising the red ribbon flag in a public ceremony at Province House. A reception at the Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS will follow. The week culminates in a World AIDS Day gathering, Dec. 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Italian Cultural Centre, 2629 Agricola St., Halifax. Targeted mainly at youth, the gathering will feature local and international speakers and youth performances highlighting the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls locally and around the world. The keynote address will be given by Lois Chingandu, executive director, SAfAIDS, Zimbabwe. All are welcome to attend. Winners of a poster contest for ages 12 to 18 will be awarded at the gathering. The poster contest helped make youth, and especially girls, more aware of positive sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention. Other events across the province include a workshop in Cherry Brook hosted by the Black Cultural Centre and Oxfam on Nov. 30, focusing on gender and women’s rights in the face of HIV/AIDS. Candlelight vigils in remembrance of Nova Scotians who lost their lives to AIDS will take place in Sydney, Amherst, Truro and New Glasgow. A vigil hosted by the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia takes place Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., at the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre in Halifax. Universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and support is a fundamental part of human rights and vital to reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS in Nova Scotia and around the world. To prevent further spread of HIV and ensure those who are living with HIV/AIDS have care and support, people need to have better access to such things as sexual health and HIV/AIDS information and services, addiction treatment and safe needle exchange services, adequate housing, income support no matter who they are or where they live. The World AIDS Day gathering was planned by the HIV/AIDS Awareness Week Planning Committee for Metro Halifax with representation from local, national, and international non-government organizations, government, community groups and independent volunteers. The Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS was established in 1988 to implement recommendations of the Nova Scotia Task Force on AIDS. The commission co-ordinates the fight against the acquired immune deficiency syndrome and advises the government on AIDS issues and its impact on society.last_img read more

first_img ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, west of Exit 22 for about nine kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for guardrail replacement, patching and paving until Saturday, July 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-7311 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Larry Uteck Interchange Detour ramps are open for traffic on Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) at the Larry Uteck Interchange. The detour provides two lanes in each direction around the construction site. Speed limit on the detour is 80 km/h. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge Repairs to the Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive are now expected to continue until the end of June. Traffic on the bridge will continue to be one lane until repairs are completed. Residents of Coxheath and Westmount are encouraged to use the interchange on Coxheath Road to get to Highway 125 during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-563-2245 QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Broad River Bridge to Saint Catherine’s Road, about 10.8 kilometres, will have alternating lane closures for ditching and culvert installation until Friday, May 21. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 and Plains Road Trunk 2 – Belmont Road to Putnam Road – will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, gravelling and paving until Tuesday, June 15. Plains Road – McElmond Road to Belmont Road – will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacements, patching and repaving from Monday, April 19, until Tuesday, June 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-843-5785 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, Exit 24 Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Foord Street and Exit 24 until Tuesday, Aug. 31. The first phase of work will consist of replacement of sanitary sewer and installation of catch basin. North Foord Street, south of the Trans Canada Highway by the ramps, will be restricted to a single lane. Traffic control will be on site. Expect delays and use alternative route. Local Area Office: 902-752-2946 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 Highway 111 for about 500 metres, below the Highfield-Burnside Drive Overpass, will have single lane closures in each direction for paving from Monday, May 3 until Monday May 24. Work takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Corsen Bridge, two kilometres before Ingonish, continues to be reduced to one lane. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass Traffic on Joseph Howe Drive under the Fairview Overpass will have periodic lane closures from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice. Traffic control people will be onsite, but delays are expected. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2 – Mill Village Road Trunk 2 from Gibb Road to 244 Interchange, about 2 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Saturday, July 31. Traffic control persons will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure The Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is open to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Canso Causeway Highway 104, at Canso Causeway, will have night work for placement of armor rock along a 1.2 kilometre section from the canal bridge, westerly to the scale house, Sunday to Friday. The work will occur from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., until Friday, May 21. Traffic control people and signs will be on site. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771center_img CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 NEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until further notice for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 31 to Exit 32 will be reduced to one lane for repaving and shoulder work from Monday, May 3 until Thursday, July 15. Traffic delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to use caution. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Route 254 in Kennetcook to Route 236 Northfield Road will be reduced to one lane for about 7.5 kilometres for paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Seven sections of Highway 105 between Exit 6 and Exit 8 are reduced to one lane for construction and repaving. It is estimated the work will last until Saturday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 The weight restriction for trucks on Trunk 2, Springhill Junction, will be reduced to 20 tonnes for CNR mainline repairs until Wednesday, May 5. Local Area Office: 902-667-8294 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 106 A 7.2 kilometre section of Highway 106, from Highway 104 north to Exit 2 (including westbound Ramps on Highway 104 and ramps at Exit 1A and Exit 2 on Highway 106), will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, installation of rumble strips, patching and repaving until Saturday, July 31. Traffic delays are expected and motorists should use caution when traveling through the construction zone. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 VICTORIA COUNTY: Englishtown Ferry Torquil MacLean Ferry on Route 312 at Englishtown will be out of service for regular maintenance. The ferry is expected to be back in service on Monday, May 3. Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 -30-last_img read more

first_imgA locally produced feature film that has grossed more than $35 million and received positive reviews is being showcased today, June 30, in Halifax. Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Percy Paris is hosting a cast and crew screening of film Jumping the Broom. Produced by Michael Mahoney of Halifax-based Magic Rock, it was directed by Salim Akil (The Game) and stars Angela Bassett (What’s Love Got to Do with It?), Paula Patton (Precious), Loretta Devine (Crash) and Laz Alonso (Fast and Furious). The film was shot in Blue Rocks, Lunenburg Co. during the summer of 2010. The $6.5-million production employed almost 350 Nova Scotians during the shoot. “It is great to showcase the first rate work being produced in Nova Scotia with the professionals who get the job done,” said Mr. Paris. “The high value jobs created by film shoots of this nature are vital to the growth of our economy.” Also attending the screening is the American producer of the film Glendon Palmer of Our Stories Films. The screening allows Mr. Palmer to share the completed work with the crew for the first time. “I am honoured to share this film with the people who made it possible,” said Mr. Palmer. “The contribution of the professional crews and local cast in Nova Scotia were vital to the success of this film.” Nova Scotia’s audiovisual industry employs almost 3,000 people and contributes about $100-million to the economy annually. Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada. Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides programs and services to support the province’s audiovisual industry.last_img read more

first_imgAll provincial government offices across Nova Scotia are closed as of noon today, March 26, due to the weather. -30-last_img

first_imgGovernment surplus equipment, including vehicles, furniture, electronics, and other items will be sold at auction on Saturday, Nov. 7, in Dartmouth. The auction will be held at 10 a.m., at the Auction Advantage warehouse at 11 Mount Hope Ave., Dartmouth. The items can be seen Friday, Nov. 6, from noon until 4 p.m., and on auction day between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. The auction will be conducted by Auction Advantage. Cash, debit, and credit cards will be accepted. A list of items, with photos, is available at . Revenue from the sale of surplus items goes to pay down the province’s debt.last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotians are once again enjoying good local food and film at the 5th annual Devour! Film and Food Festival in Wolfville. The festival, running until Sunday, Nov. 8, includes food-related activities, the Select Nova Scotia food truck rally featuring tasty food made with local ingredients, and films that celebrate food culture around the world. Three filmed vignettes that help kick-off the festival feature kitchen pop-ups with the Kilted Chef that were held around the province in October. The Kilted Chef, Alain Bossé, a specialist in Maritime Canadian cuisine, travelled the province cooking with local food at three locations that were named to reflect the food featured. Pulled pork sandwiches were on the menu for lunch at the Pulled Pork Williams event at Port Williams Elementary school. Breakfast frittatas were served at the Fritatamagouche pop-up at the Tatamagouche Farmers’ Market; and lunch was chili in the Chilifax event at the Halifax Central Library. Link to the vignettes at . “Our goal is to get Nova Scotians eating more local food and these provincial pop-ups certainly put the fun in food,” said acting Agriculture Minister Geoff MacLellan. “Linking communities to the local fare Nova Scotians can find right in their neighborhoods was an excellent way to encourage buying local.” “It was a great opportunity to visit communities in the province,” said Chef Bossé. “We fed hundreds of Nova Scotians and showed them how easy it is to commit to local.” Other festival events include: a chef-off where local chefs showcase their local cuisine; 50 of the best culinary films; workshops and panels; the ‘best of the fest’ where a Golden Tine will be awarded; food and wine excursions throughout Kings County; and food trucks to tempt every palette and budget. “The Devour! Food and Film Festival has truly become a signature event for anyone who enjoys good food with a local connection,” said Mr. MacLellan. “Events like this are helping to create the conditions that will fuel the success of local producers.” Select Nova Scotia is an event sponsor and one of its goals is to let Nova Scotians know about the benefits of buying and enjoying locally grown products. For more information on the benefits of buying local, and where to find locally grown and made products, visit Select Nova Scotia on Facebook or at For Devour! details, visit read more

first_imgIt has been 40 years since the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control launched National Non-Smoking Week in Canada, which runs until Jan. 21. The focus was simple: To educate Canadians about the dangers of smoking. Now, four decades later, we have seen radical changes in how we view smoking and tobacco use, and more recently, e-cigarette use among our population. Since the 1970s, Nova Scotia has proudly taken a leadership role. Our policy changes have helped to create a physical and social environment where smoking is no longer the norm. In fact, the Canadian Cancer Society named Nova Scotia as a world leader in tobacco control in its 2015-16 Impact Report. Recently, concerns have been raised globally, most notably by the Surgeon General of the United States, about the public health concerns of e-cigarette use, particularly by youth and young adults. Here at home we saw that risk and acted early. Almost two years ago, our government took steps to improve two already strong pieces of legislation B the Smoke-Free Places Act and the Tobacco Access Act. We regulated access to e-cigarettes and flavoured tobacco, including their sale and advertising, by amending the Tobacco Access Act. We also expanded the definition in the Smoke-Free Places Act to include electronic smoking devices, waterpipes, and other non-tobacco substances. We can’t allow smoking in public places to become the norm once again. We must remain vigilant and are committed to ensuring our legislation is responsive to changes within our society. These changes have since been copied by several different jurisdictions, validating the important steps we have taken here in Nova Scotia. Certainly, these changes wouldn’t have been possible without many dedicated partners such as the Canadian Cancer Society and Smoke-Free Nova Scotia. Working together, Nova Scotia became the first jurisdiction in the world to ban flavoured tobacco, including menthol. We were also the first province in Canada to regulate e-cigarettes. Throughout the process of making our policy changes, I always believed there was an important role for the federal government in regulating e-cigarettes. Over the last few years I have continued to talk about the need for a national approach, so it gives me great pleasure to congratulate the federal government for recently tabling a bill on e-cigarettes. I would be remiss if I did not take time to address the role of individuals. Quitting smoking can be very difficult and I understand why many people are hesitant to try. However, I want you to know there is help. Nova Scotians can call 811 to get access to a trained counsellor. They can also go to our Tobacco Free Nova Scotia website for other supports including an online chat, text messaging support, and website resources at -30-last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal witnessed a neck-and-neck fight between Trinamool Congress and BJP. While TMC won 21 seats, BJP bagged 16 with a single seat for Congress. TMC was leading in one seat, BJP in a couple and Congress in one as per the last poll result update.TMC’s showing was good, particularly in South 24-Parganas, Kolkata, Howrah and Birbhum, where it managed to retain all the seats it had won in 2014. In South 24-Parganas, Pratima Mondal won the Joynagar seat by over 3 lakh votes, while Chowdhury Mohan Jatua won the Mathurapur seat by around 2 lakh votes. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAbhisekh Banejee came out with flying colours in the Diamond Harbour seat by over 3 lakh votes, whereas Mimi Chakraborty won the Jadavpur seat by over 2.9 lakh votes. The prestigious Kolkata North and Kolkata South seats were won by Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Mala Roy respectively, while Howrah and Uluberia were won by Prasun Banerjee and Sajda Ahmed. The party also managed to win both the seats in Birbhum district, with Satabdi Roy bagging Birbhum and Asit Mal winning from Bolpur. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersTamluk, Kanthi and Ghatal went in favour of TMC as well, while BJP’s Dilip Ghosh and Kunar Hembram bagged Midnapore and Jhargram, where TMC had a lead of 34,78,883 votes in 2014. The Purulia seat also swung in favour of Jyotirmay Singh Mahato of BJP, where TMC had won by 1,53,877 votes in 2014. The Malda Uttar seat that was won by Mausam Noor of Congress, also swung in favour of the saffron party with Khagen Murmu winning. Noor ended up in the losing side this year, contesting on TMC’s ticket. Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury of Congress was leading in the Maldah Dakshin seat as of the last update. In Murshidabad, TMC’s Khalilur Rahman defeated Congress’s Abhijit Mukherjee from the Jangipur seat by a margin of over 3 lakh votes. Mukherjee, the son of former President Pranab Mukherjee, had won by a margin of 8,161 votes in 2014. Adhir Chowdhury of Congress, meanwhile, retained the Behrampur seat though his lead dropped to 78,000 from 3,56,567 last year. The Murshidabad seat that was bagged by Left Front in 2014, was grabbed by TMC’s Abu Taher Khan. The Krishnanagar seat was retained by Mahua Maitra of TMC, who won by over 65,000 votes. The Ranaghat seat, the second in Nadia district, went to Jagannath Sarkar of BJP where TMC had a lead of 2,01,767 votes in 2014. In North 24-Parganas, Sougata Roy of TMC managed to retain the Dum Dum seat and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar won the Barasat seat, while newcomer Nusrat Jahan won from Basirhat. The Bongaon seat, where TMC had won by 1,46,601 votes in 2014, swung in favour of Santanu Thakur of BJP. The Barrackpore seat witnessed defeat of TMC’s Dinesh Trivedi, where BJP’s Arjun Singh won by a narrow margin of around 13,000 votes. Hooghly, meanwhile, had a mixed result for TMC with Kalyan Banerjee retaining the Sreerampore seat and the Hooghly seat swinging in favour of BJP with Locket Chatterjee winning over Ratna Dey Nag of TMC. Aparupa Poddar of TMC has a narrow lead of over 2,000 votes in Arambagh, according to the latest update. Burdwan East was retained by Sunil Mondal of TMC, while the Burdwan-Durgapur seat was witnessing a lead by the saffron party, as per last reports. The Asansol seat was retained by BJP’s Babul Supriyo. TMC suffered a setback, particularly in North Bengal. John Barla of BJP defeated party candidate Dasrath Tirkey, while Nisith Pramanik shocked TMC’s Paresh Chandra Adhikary. Jayanta Kumar Roy of BJP also emerged victorious over Bijoy Chandra Barman of the ruling party from Jalpaiguri, whereas BJP’s Sukanta Majumdar snatched the Balurghat seat from TMC’s Arpita Ghosh. TMC had won all these seats in 2014. BJP’s Raju Bista managed to retain the Darjeeling seat, while the Raiganj seat that saw a narrow margin win for Left Front’s Mohammed Salim in 2014, also went in favour of the saffron party. TMC witnessed collapse in the two seats of Bankura district, with Saumitra Khan winning from the Bishnupur seat. Both the seats had been won by TMC in the last Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson is considering tweaking provisions in business deals to avoid situations like those it is facing with Reliance Communications. The company sued RCom and its promoter Anil Ambani to recover dues of about Rs 1,500 crore, of which it managed to receive only Rs 550 crore. “We think fairness sort of came true in the end. But of course, as we sell new deals…we try to avoid those things. But it is hard to tell because who could have seen that coming. That was a tough period,” Peter Laurin, senior vice president and head of business area managed services at Ericsson said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsHe was responding to a question whether the company is planning to bring any change in business provisions following the RCom issue. Ericsson signed managed services contract with RCom after Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei stopped services to the debt-ridden telecom operator because of payment issues. However, experts feel that Ericsson may have to deposit the amount back in trust and retentionship account. The NCLAT on April 30 allowed insolvency proceedings against RCom after the Anil Ambani-led firm withdrew a challenge to such a move. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief”The immediate fallout of IBC proceedings would be that the payment of Rs 550 crore made by RCom to Ericsson would be questioned by the financial creditors. “Under IBC (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code), no payment can be made to any creditor, much less an operational creditor during CIRP (Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process),” Punit Dutt Tyagi, Partner, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan said. He said the payment to Ericsson has been made during CIRP, and that too pursuant to the proceedings under IBC, it is quite likely that Committee of Creditors/NCLT may ask Ericsson to deposit the amount with the resolution professional. The Swedish firm posted decline in sales contribution from India in the first quarter of 2019 to 4 per cent compared to 6 per cent recorded in the same period a year ago. Laurin said India is very important for managed services business of Ericsson but at the same time it is complex and a demanding market too. India is super important. It is important for two reasons. It is important because we have some of our largest customers here. We are doing a lot of managed services for both Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea. With lot of operations, it is very complex and very demanding market too, he said. With around 25,000 employees, Ericsson has the largest employee base in India and largest offshore site for managed services. Laurin said Ericsson is now placing a lot of trust on Indian engineers because of their competency. We are putting a lot of trust in Indian engineers who are operating these networks on behalf of our customers worldwide. We have four centres worldwide with India being the biggest, the others being Romania, Mexico and China.last_img read more

first_img70th Baghajatin Tarun Sangha Durga Puja, organised around the theme ‘Esho Mukhto Koro'(Meaning ‘An earnest request to Ma Ganga’) was recently held in Kolkata. Partha Ghosh and Sidhartha Ghosh, Theme makers of the puja along with Shib Shankar Paul, Ex Indian Pacer; Priyanka Sarkar, Brand Ambassador of the Club; Pronob Bardhan, Gold Medalist in Contact Bridge at Asian Games; Gautam Ghosh, President of the Club; Gautam Brahma, Maker of Jaowar Bangla Band; Sudip Sengupta, Secretary of the Club; Nitish Saha, West Bengal Durga Puja Forum Chairman; Pradipta Saha, Smoke free forum, and others were present on the occasion.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Two days after the horrific death of a passenger in the Kolkata Metro, senior railway safety officials on Monday visited the accident spot and started a high-level probe into the tragedy, a Kolkata Metro Railway official said. Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS-Metro division) Sailesh Garg, led a team of senior railway officials and engineers to the Park Street Metro Railway station, where the accident took place on Saturday evening. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Garg also held a meeting with the Metro Railway officials here at Metro Bhawan and then examined the metro rake, a door of which had allegedly malfunctioned during the accident. “We will conduct a thorough investigation. Today was the site visit. The Metro rake will be checked for any possible mechanical snags. The reason for the possible malfunction can only be found out after seeing the detailed report. Those directly involved in the incident will also be interrogated,” a Metro Railway official said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Sajal Kanjilal, a resident of Kasba area of Kolkata, was trying to board a Kavi Subhash-bound train at the Park Street metro station on Saturday when the train started moving with his hand stuck between two sliding doors and the body hanging outside. After the train had moved some distance, the shouts of other train passengers alerted the driver, who applied the emergency brake and the victim fell, face-first, on the track below. The train came to a stop with four coaches inside the tunnel and the remaining four on the platform area. Eyewitnesses said the victim lay in the tunnel for quite sometime before security personnel ran and removed him. “First Information Report (FIR) was registered on Sunday against the Metro Railway after a complaint alleging negligence on its part was lodged by the family members of the deceased,” police said. A motorman and the guard of the Metro train have been suspended.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Important trains linking Mumbai and Pune including the Deccan Express and Pragati Express will be cancelled for a fortnight from July 26 to August 9 to enable Central Railway address the problem of falling boulders in the treacherous Lonavala-Khandala ghats sections, an official said here on Wednesday. The CR will take up a massive restoration work to ensure the problem of toppling boulders and minor landslides, which becomes widespread during heavy rain, is resolved. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The services get badly disrupted due to this problem mainly in the South-East Ghats from mid-June, affecting mobility and safety of the trains negotiating this section. The CR’s Mumbai Division has undertaken various infrastructure works to prevent this,” said the CR official. Over the next fortnight, several trains will be cancelled, short-terminated or diverted, which is likely to hit the passengers on these and other sectors. There were at least half a dozen incidents of falling boulders and minor landslides on the Mumbai-Pune sector in the past few weeks since the onset of monsoon. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Though any major disaster was averted to passing trains below, the incidents nevertheless resulted in huge delays till the route was cleared and declared safe for train movement. This crucial high traffic route serves Mumbai-Pune daily commuters, besides students, people working in the IT sector in both cities and tourists. Among the major trains to be cancelled are the Deccan Express, Pragati Express, CSMT Mumbai-Gadag Express, Pune-Panvel passenger train. As many as 10 trains including the Kolhapur-Mumbai Koyna Express, Mumbai-Kolhapur Sahyadri Express will be operated only upto Pune, and will be cancelled between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharashtra Terminus-Pune sector. The Hubbali-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express (Mumbai) will be run only upto Pune and return journey will commence from Pune to Hubbali. The Hazur Sahib Nanded-Panvel Express shall be run till Pune and remain cancelled between Pune-Panvel and the return journey will commence from Pune. In view of this, the passenger load is expected to shift to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and the Mumbai-Pune Highway which also witness traffic snarls, landslides, rolling boulders and occasion flooding in some sections.last_img read more

first_imgParis: Jil Teichmann has jumped 28 places to 54th on the strength of her win in Palermo in the latest WTA rankings published Monday with the top 10 led by Ashleigh Barty unchanged. Switzerland’s Teichmann stunned top seed Kiki Bertens 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 to clinch the Palermo WTA title on Sunday, a result which catapulted the left-hander to 54th. It was a first top 10 win for 22-year-old who started 2019 ranked outside the world’s top 140. 1. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 6605 pts Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh2. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 6257 3. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6055 4. Simona Halep (ROM) 5933 5. Kiki Bertens (NED) 5130 6. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 4785 7. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 4638 8. Sloane Stephens (USA) 3802 9. Serena Williams (USA) 3411 10. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 3365 11. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 3356 12. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 2963 13. Angelique Kerber (GER) 2875 14. Johanna Konta (GBR) 2790 (+1) 15. Mark?ta Vondrousova (CZE) 2652 (+1) 16. Qiang Wang (CHN) 2647 (-2) 17. Madison Keys (USA) 2555 18. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 2478 19. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 2335 20. Elise Mertens (BEL) 2305.last_img read more

first_imgThe plight of Congress is worse than that of a coward who the Bard says dies a thousand deaths before he actually dies. The grand old party of Nehru and Gandhi seems to be suffering from a strange death wish, a death that has larger than life proportions. Despite a virtual decimation in the polls, the party could still hope to enjoy some clout–and relevance–due to the numerical situation in the Rajya Sabha, where Modi’s NDA is clearly short of the required numbers. That was one chance for the ‘secular’ Opposition to keep the saffron flag from fluttering away to glory. But developments in recent days have proved that the Congress, read Opposition, advantage was only a mirage. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe ease with which the government managed to push its controversial Right to Information (RIT) Act amendment bill through Rajya Sabha, despite the draconian nature of the legislation, which should have united all Opposition parties against it, showed that the issue transcended mere numbers. It was a real snub to Congress, particularly Sonia Gandhi, who had apparently played an important role in bringing such landmark legislation during the UPA government’s rule. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe worst was reserved for later this week when the Triple Talaq bill also cleared the Rajya Sabha hurdle. The ‘criminalisation’ clause in the bill had provided a ground for unity for all ‘secular’ forces to stand united as it was clearly seen targeting Muslim men, though their wayward behaviour was never worthy of any sympathy. Still, as an issue, it had an appeal that could cut across political affiliations. Before the session started, Congress did make feeble attempts to keep the ‘secular’ flock together so that the Modi government could be held to check on its dangerous majoritarian trip. But finally when the crunch came, the Opposition was found completely lost for clues and there was a clear lack of mobilisation effort. The trenchant resistance of the past couple of years, which frustrated the ruling front’s bid to push the legislation through the Upper House more than once, was of no avail as the Opposition parties went their own way without any coordination whatsoever. Conversely, it was the success of the Modi-Shah floor strategy, which turned out to be too much for an Opposition in disarray. When the bill was taken up in Rajya Sabha, there were absentees on both sides. But backroom discussions by Modi and Shah ensured that there would be little resistance as members of AIADMK, JD (U), and TRS stayed away. The absence of some members of Congress, Samajwadi Party, TDP, YSR Congress and RJD made the government task easier and the bill was passed with 183 votes in favour, but with 57 members not voting. The notable absentees included NCP chief Sharad Pawar and his lieutenant Praful Patel. There was clearly a sense of helplessness on the part of the Opposition as the mood for the day was set by the resignation of family loyalist Sanjay Singh from Congress, crossing over to the Treasury benches. The resignation is seen as a sign of a malaise that is fast gripping Rahul Gandhi’s Congress, if at all it can be called so, as Congressmen are searching for clues on how to get out of their situation. Apparently, the party is wary of more such ‘crossing overs’ as Congressmen are well aware of the fact that there is no dearth of all-weather politicians, who can do the switch at the slightest provocation. It is rather ironic to see how Rahul Gandhi was so important to Congress that without him the party is drifting towards an unceremonious ending. The rudderless Congress is behaving as if it is seeing the end of the world. Congressmen have been looking up to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for some help, but Rahul Gandhi has not helped their cause by insisting that the party will not now be led by a member of the dynasty. Loyalists like Shashi Tharoor haven’t given up hope. Tharoor, who has been rooting for Priyanka to succeed Rahul, made another pitch by expressing the hope that Priyanka will throw her hat in the ring when the call for elections for the party chief’s post is made, although he agrees that it is up to the Gandhi family to decide on whether she will contest. Tharoor says ‘lack of clarity’ over succession to Rahul Gandhi’s leadership is hurting Congress, and has suggested the abolition of Congress Working Committee and holding of fresh elections for all key posts. But he has no doubt about the continued pre-eminence of the dynasty in Congress politics. He has no doubt that the dynasty will remain the conscience keepers of the Congress party, irrespective of who leads the party, although he does not expect the new chief to knock at the doors of the family every time he or she is called upon to make a decision. Congressmen are not strangers to back seat driving and are confident that Delhi’s 10 Janpath and 12 Tughlaq Lane will continue to have a say in what goes on at the 24 Akbar Road party headquarters. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more